Building my own set
At first I thought about shooting each concept in a different location. Somewhere along the way, I came across Eugenio Recuenco‘s amazing “365º” project. He used the same setting for all 365 images in his project: a narrow room with a small window on the left wall. Then, the small lamp above my head lit up and I thought “that is exactly what I should do!”. I found the idea of using the same confined space as a setting for all the pictures very fitting. Then came the million dollar question: where do I find such a space? I wanted to find a rather narrow room with three walls and no windows or doors and I needed natural light to come in that space from somewhere. I looked for places I already knew, but none seemed to fit the criteria. I went looking at abandoned buildings, old appartments, music rehearsal studios, nothing. So, it started to dawn on me that if wanted to get a room exactly how I wanted it, I would have to build it.
So, how does one build a room? Well, the only place I could do it was in my garage, so that gave me an idea of how big the room could be. I remembered that Brooke Shaden had done something similar in her studio, for her project “Fourth Wall”, so I looked that up to get ideas. It seemed like a simple construction, but somewhat over my budget. Then I stumbled upon Sue Bryce‘s DIY V-flats and there it was, the solution to making a simple and cheap backdrop that could easily be transformed into a room. Long story short, I bought pieces of polystern (a material that is used as wall insulation), painted it and screwed it together. And just like that I had my own room to shoot in. I used dirt instead of a floor, to symbolize the connection to the world outside the room. I must confess, I really enjoyed making my own set!
we are the dead
(the pictures are going to be added, as I am releasing them)
There are nine pictures in the series, which showcase the story of how people fight against oppression, to win their freedom back. Each image represents a different stage in this fight, some times successful, sometimes not. In the end freedom is won, but at what cost?
Photography/Set design/Video: Nicki Panou
Photographer’s assistant: Kiriaki Papadopoulou
Costumes: Nicki Panou, Kiriaki Papadopoulou
Models: Stathis Papoulidis, Katerina Ganda, Alexandros Stamatis, Stavros Siagalidis, Christina Papadopoulou